Twenty-four new charging points have been introduced across Waltham Forest to make it easier for owners of electric vehicles to get a fast ‘power up’.

The bays situated in high streets and residential roads across the borough are capable of charging a car in three to four hours.

The 7Kw fast chargers, introduced by Chargemaster, will add to the 33 existing points across the borough.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, deputy leader and cabinet member for the environment, said: “More and more people are buying electric cars now that the technology is more reliable and the cost is more affordable - they are becoming a real alternative to petrol and diesel cars.

“Purely electric vehicles produce no tailpipe emissions so really support our aim to improve air pollution for everyone.

“Many electric cars can now travel over a hundred miles before needing to power up, but by making charging points available across the borough we can ensure that our residents, visitors and even delivery drivers, have confidence that they will be able to get a charge if they need to.”

Drivers can use the charging points on either a pay-as-you-go basis or monthly payments.

New locations include Orford Road in Walthamstow, Station Road in Chingford and Winchester Road in Highams Park.

It comes after King’s College London report on air quality published a report on air quality in Waltham Forest, which showed the positive effect transport infrastructure is having on people’s lives.

David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster, said: “It’s great to see local authorities deploying more charging infrastructure to support a growing population of electric vehicles.

“With the addition of these new charging points, electric vehicle drivers in Waltham Forest, as well as those considering making the switch, will find it even easier and more convenient to own and drive an electric car.”